JC Science : week 1
Class 1 - 40 minutes
I decided to focus on ice breakers for my first class with my new first year science group. I chose three simple ice breakers, that I have outlined below.
Line up alphabetically, by first name, along the aisle of the science lab. No talking allowed.
Line up numerically, according to your birthday, along the aisle of the science lab. No talking allowed.
Create a semi circle around the lab.
Student number 1 begins: 'My name is Alannah and I like apples.
Students number 2 continues: 'My name is Eleisha and I like eggs.'
This continues from student 1 to student 24.
I allowed the students to hint and to help each other. I emphasised the key skill of 'working with others'. I also explained that there will be other times when you are rewuired to work independently and to 'manage your own information and thinking.'
The students were happy, engaged and relaxed throughout this activity. This activity was beneficial for the teacher as I learned the students' names, it was also beneficial for the students as they learned each others names. I think positive learning experiences in first year are vital to continued engagement, improvement, motivation and attitude as the student progresses through junior and senior cycle. I believe that a great strength of the junior cycle curricular reform is the focus on positive, active learning experiences.
I concluded the class by asking the students to record the equipment that I require them to have for science:
1. A large scrapbook
3. A small scissors
4. Science Matters experiment book.